Well, we did, and we did. It's just that in two years, several new kernel releases came out, and that also resulted in some new firmware blobs entering the kernel. This, in a way, is a relatively new issue.
Having said that, I do agree with his sentiment; even if they're new issues, they could and should have been fixed ages ago. As I said in my 'no more hitting' post, too.
Well, yes, even if those firmware blob bugs from Etch have been sorted out some time ago, the problem itself still exists: there will ever be new firmware blobs and apparently there was no way found in the past 2 yours to deal with that. Otherwise there wouldn't be a new GR about it - again. ;)
So, I think Wouter and I basically agree - and probably many others as well.
It would be really nice if Debian would find a solution that fits the users needs until the freeze of lenny+1 instead of fighting the problem with short time workarounds.
With solution I mean a proper way to enable the user to actually use the hardware s/he bought. I faced that kind of problem myself earlier this year when I realized that I couldn't install Debian on some new Dell T105 out of the box.